Tuesday, August 04, 2015

MPAA pretends SOPA had passed as it sues Movie-tube; also, "Ghosts of Mississippi"

The MPAA is trying to pretend that SOPA actually passed in 2012, asking a court to order service providers (I guess both content and DNS translation) to disable a site (or sites) associated with Movie-tube.  The Hollywood Reporter story by Eriq Gardner is here.  The site in question appears to be this .  Scribd has a sample letter where Hollywood explains its “nouveau” theory on copyright here
Again, big blockbuster movies on a small computer screen don’t make a lot of sense to me.  One time, I saw someone selling pirated DVD’s on a NYC subway for about $3 (of blockbusters).  I said nothing.  Again, I understand that publicly traded companies think they have to do everything possible to protect their assets. But does piracy really affect jobs as much as they say?  It’s relevant to me;  I know people with these jobs around the country, and I know that it’s conceivable piracy could someday affect my getting money for my own film – that’s what they will tell me.
Jamie Williams of Electronic Frontier Foundation also discusses a mean subpoena in Mississippi (where else?) seeking discovery about how various parties (illegally) use Google’s services, link here.

Update: November 20, 2015

Mitch Stoltz at Electronic Frontier Foundation reports that the MPAA has backed down somewhat on website domain-name blocking, here

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